A Happy 5110 !

We follow the sacred Tamil Hindu Calendar. It relates closely to the movements of the Sun and the Moon. For us, the year changes in April and we are actually far ahead — happy 5110!

But for most people, the calendar changed yesterday. May Ganapati, Lord of Obstacles, guide humanity to a positive 2009.

We keep pushing forward in the construction of the new mini-mela gift-shop.

To store our construction tools, we assembled these two plastic shacks, called Big Max. They are handy and easy to put together.

In the inside, we can mount shelves and organize the inevitable plethora of material needed in construction work.

We moved some material that was stored in the mini mela, making room for the renovation. Shanmuganathaswami took several boxes to one of our containers.

In this container, we keep our worship supplies clean and dry. Oil for the lamps…

…and a lifetime of brass items.

The flow of guests is still steady. Lots of bright souls.

The Monastery's New Postulants

Our monastery has been watching the inner growth of our new monastics with pride. We, more than anyone else, know how challenging, intense and immensely rewarding this path is.

This is Sadhaka Tandavanatha.

Gurudeva said, in his inimitable way, that “The group helps the individual and the individual helps the group.” Their commitment to inner unfoldment, their humility and dedication, are a help to the monastery as a whole.

Sadhaka Nandinatha chanting the Annapurna blessings.

As anyone on the path knows, destinations are often a surprise to the destined. Sadhana takes us to an inner reality that has always been there, but amazes us all the same.

It’s in the eyes, as Sadhaka Rajanatha can show.

Aum Namah Sivaya.

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